Yefim Bronfman – WDR Symphony – Jukka-Pekka Saraste, cond. Ruhr Piano Festival – July 5, 2012 – RNE-Clasica
Over to the Ruhr by way of Madrid tonight for a concert from the 2012 Ruhr Piano Festival featuring Yefim Bronfman, piano and the West German Radio Symphony led by Yukka-Pekka Saraste in music of Sibelius, Beethoven and Bartok. The concert was broadcast live and relayed to Radio Nacional España on July 5, 2012.
The concert begins with a performance of The Bard by Sibelius. The orchestra is joined by Yefim Bronfman to perform Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto and the concert concludes with Bartok’s Concerto For Orchestra.
From Yefim Bronfman’s website:
Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.
Following summer festival appearances in Verbier and Salzburg and on tour with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena, the 2022/2023 season begins with the opening week of the Chicago Symphony followed by return visits to New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh, Houston, Philadelphia, New World, Pacific, Madison, New Jersey, Toronto and Montreal symphonies. In Europe he will tour with Rotterdam Philharmonic and can also be heard with Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich), Bamberg, Dresden Staatskapelle, Maggio Fiorentino and Zurich Opera orchestras.
And from Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s website:
Jukka-Pekka Saraste has established himself as one of the outstanding conductors of his generation, demonstrating remarkable musical depth and integrity. Born in Heinola, Finland, he began his career as a violinist before training as a conductor with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. An artist of exceptional versatility and breadth and renowned for his objective approach, he feels a special affinity with the sound and style of late Romantic music. He maintains a particularly strong connection to the works of Beethoven, Bruckner, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Sibelius and is internationally celebrated for his interpretations of Mahler.
In April 2022, Jukka-Pekka was named as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He will begin his tenure in summer 2023. From 2010 to 2019, he served as Chief Conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne. During his term, the orchestra built a reputation both at home and abroad, touring Austria, Spain, the Baltics, and Asia. The symphonic cycles of Sibelius, Brahms and Beethoven were exceptionally well received. Previously, from 2006 to 2013, Jukka-Pekka Saraste was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He was subsequently appointed Conductor Laureate, the very first such title bestowed by the orchestra.
So there you go – now press Play, enjoy the concert – and RELAX! (announcements are in German and Spanish).
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